The massage therapists at Herb Spa don’t focus on offering a head-spinning selection of services—instead, they give their undivided attention to making sure their techniques are highly effective. Both therapeutic and Swedish massage styles are employed to melt away stress and ease body aches, and a deep-tissue massage focuses on releasing deep-set knots within the muscles. Therapists help to further eliminate muscle aches with the use of water-heated hot stones, which aim to expand constricted vessels by increasing blood flow. To release built-up energy within the body, the studio's team relies on pressure-point therapy and singing Motown classics while massaging feet during reflexology sessions.
At Inner Strength Studios, seasoned instructors such as E-RYT 500 instructor Roman Szpond lead vinyasa yoga sessions for beginners, experts, and kids as young as five. Classes ranging from 60 to 90 minutes are held in heated rooms within Innerstrength's Boston studios, which were recently renovated after the Watertown location suffered fire damage. Aspiring teachers can take Innerstrength's 200-hour training program, which instills advanced yoga knowledge through classes, workshops, and a rollercoaster ride through a giant lotus. The studios also provide a slate of other services, such as personal training and massage therapy sessions.
Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
Medford Muscular Therapy Centre has been restoring function and peace to overworked muscles since it opened in 1994. That healing tradition continues today, as four nationally certified therapists employ multiple techniques to keep patrons' tension at bay. Deep-tissue massages strategically knead sore spots, and specially designed prenatal and infant massages soothe new mothers and children who just emerged from their cocoons. Reiki, acupuncture, and energy work blend holistic healing techniques with more traditional massage treatments.
The founder of Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, Dr. Julie Burke and Dr. John Coleman believe that health is best pursued by reducing the risk of pain and illness rather than merely treating symptoms. With their fellow professionals, they help keep patrons limber and hale with NSA spinal adjustments, massage, HydroMassage and detox services. After helping with physical ailments, wellness coaching helps guests further enhance their quality of life, rethinking diets, exercise regimens, and the amount of time spent cursing at pigeons. Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre practices a unique “gentle touch” form of chiropractic, known as Network Spinal Analysis (NSA).
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.